Musical interludes with the Sony Ericsson W995

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The Sony Ericsson W995 is a phone which is aimed at providing entertainment to the masses. The unit is a well styled and innovative mobile phone which has numerous features. However its main element is the Walkman player which has a variety of functions attached to make playing music files all the more enjoyable.

A 2.6 inch TFT screen is the centre piece of the Sony Ericsson W995 and displays 256,000 colours. The imagery displayed is colourful and represents close to true life like colour reproduction. The accelerometer sensor changes the aspect of images automatically to landscape or portrait whichever is the correct aspect for the image displayed.

The main element of the phone is the Walkman 4.0 player, and comes with a whole host of features attached to it such as shake control, SenseMe and TrackID music recognition. These features provide an unrivalled sensory experience by ensuring that music being played can be controlled simply by shaking the unit. The player also has the luxury of being able to play a multitude of different audio formats such as MP3, AAC, MPEG4. The integrated FM radio with RDS provides the means to catch up on radio broadcasts from radio stations.

The phone comes with an 8.1 mega pixel camera which operates at a resolution of 3264 x 2448. To help in taking good pictures the camera also offers an image stabiliser, LED flash, face detection and geo-tagging all of which are extras that are provided to improve the ability to take and locate images. Video capture and recording is available at 30 frames per second at QVGA quality. Memory storage is set at 118 Mb but can go up to 8 GB by using the memory stick micro facility.

The HSDPA connection provides internet access at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, whilst the Wi-Fi provides the means to utilise the numerous hot spots available throughout the country. With the inclusion of the GPS with A-GPS support feature, satellite navigation is taken care of.

The Sony W995 is one of a long line of phones with the Walkman player attribute. Sony have gleamed several elements from other phones and added them into this phone. All in all, the phone is a creditable addition to the Sony range and with music as its focal point has become popular with a certain age group.

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